Out And About (#2) by Erik Willis

Foodie Erik Willis gets out and about to grab some food, better his health, and make it a day. (And if you like these columns from Erik, let him know. Local and small businesses are being sought for sponsorship.)

Taking Care of the Physical

Today was a day where looking out for my physical, emotional, and spiritual health was at the forefront of my activities. I started out at the Keene YMCA and engaged in what I like to call hot, cold therapy. First, I start by soaking in the hot tub for about ten minutes. Then I go and take an ice-cold shower. ?

From there, I go into the steam room for about 5 minutes, then into the shower I go. I repeat this a second time and then I do calisthenics in the pool for about 20 minutes. I do a bit of calisthenics in the hot tub and steam room as well. Then I take one last cold shower before jumping in the sauna to dry off. Of course, through this whole process, I am drinking water like a fish and listening to my body to see if I am in any way overdoing it.

From there I met one of my online foodie friends for the first time. She also had a waffle iron for me. I had what I would call a cheesy egg waffle taco at a friend’s home and I really wanted to try and replicate it in the near future.


At Jenna’s, I had a Roasted Turkey and Brie Sandwich and a very good bowl of Carrot Ginger Soup. It is a great new spot on West Street in the Mascoma Bank Plaza. They are also a butchery and you can also get decent produce there as well as spices and herbs. They are open 10-7 Tuesday through Friday, 10-5 on Saturday, and 9-3 on Sunday. I foresee this location being a mainstay for years to come.

Jenna's in Keene
Jenna’s in Keene

After that, I took my customary early afternoon nap before arising and going to Restoring Eden at 626 Rt 10 in Gilsum. I spent about two hours in a salt room praying and meditating with a bunch of other like-minded folks, and it was wonderful. The nice thing is that from 4-5 on Tuesday, it is open to the public. They are open Monday to Friday, 9-5 and Saturday from 9-1 pm.

Book a Tour

As far as the services are concerned, the best thing to do is to call and set up a tour. And Audra Wilson, the owner can give you a tour and a rundown of all that she offers. In my opinion, it is an amazing place to get rejuvenated, focused, and healed from things that come our way in everyday life. The salt room was a great day to round out my adventure today.

Restoring Eden, Gilsum, NH
Restoring Eden, Gilsum, NH

I will file this adventure and seek to find a good place to eat and do something that is beneficial to my body, mind, soul, and spirit.

Okay, that’s all for now. Check back in next week to see what excellent adventure I go on!

I definitely will be out and about!

Thanks, Erik for your return. We are greatly appreciative of your work and your love for the food world. We look forward to more of your visits to area fooderies. And let Erik know if you have a fave you would like to see him at.


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